Pine Trees
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What would be the max I could lower the grade around the trunk of an East TX pine without damaging the tree? Only need to lower a

Zone zip 77339, zone #9 | Tracy Artripe added on June 24, 2018 | Answered

bout 9-12". Tree has had a flower bed built up around it over the last 20 years with mulch and now beds are being removed.

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BushDoctor
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Answered on June 25, 2018

I would only do this an inch or two at a time, so that the roots can have time to acclimate to the air. As long as this is allowed to happen over time, I don't think that there will be an issue. The roots of pines can handle exposure to the air usually, but since this has been under mulch, I would recommend air exposure a little more slowly.

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